remove

verb
re·​move | \ ri-ˈmüv \
removed; removing

Definition of remove

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to change the location, position, station, or residence of remove soldiers to the front
b : to transfer (a legal proceeding) from one court to another
2 : to move by lifting, pushing aside, or taking away or off remove your hat
3 : to dismiss from office
4 : to get rid of : eliminate remove a tumor surgically

intransitive verb

1 : to change location, station, or residence removing from the city to the suburbs
2 : to go away
3 : to be capable of being removed

remove

noun

Definition of remove (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : removal specifically : move sense 2c
2a : a distance or interval separating one person or thing from another
b : a degree or stage of separation

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Other Words from remove

Verb

removability \ ri-​ˌmü-​və-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ noun
removable or less commonly removeable \ ri-​ˈmü-​və-​bəl \ adjective
removableness \ ri-​ˈmü-​və-​bəl-​nəs \ noun
removably \ ri-​ˈmü-​və-​blē \ adverb
remover noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for remove

Synonyms: Verb

doff, douse, peel (off), put off, shrug off, take off

Synonyms: Noun

distance, lead, length, spacing, spread, stretch, way

Antonyms: Verb

don, put on, slip (into), throw (on)

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Examples of remove in a Sentence

Verb

Remove the trash from the front yard. My tonsils were removed when I was five years old. Trees help to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. These new findings should remove any doubt about his innocence. What's a good way to remove stains from a silk dress? The new law would remove obstacles to obtaining a work permit. He was removed from office.

Noun

She thrives when she's at some remove from mainstream society. their farm is just a remove of two miles from the town center
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

All along the way, authoritarianism has also been on the rise there, as the nation’s internet regulator imposes new rules on what’s banned, from Twitch getting shut down, to removing parodies and even ASMR videos. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "2018 was the year Chinese internet users evaded censorship — briefly," 20 Dec. 2018 As Vox’s German Lopez notes, the move toward hemp legalization is less about removing the stigma of cannabis than about the economic benefits of legalizing marijuana. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "Hemp is now legal. That’s huge for the CBD industry.," 20 Dec. 2018 The screening involves controls, such as removing close relatives, to avoid skewing the ethnicity profile. Dieter Holger, PCWorld, "DNA testing for ancestry is more detailed for white people. Here’s why, and how it's changing," 4 Dec. 2018 The New York Times reported on Friday that Mr. Rosenstein had suggested secretly recording Mr. Trump to document the chaos of the White House in 2017 and had raised the issue of removing the president from office. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Dems opt to stick it out with Pelosi," 28 Sep. 2018 Their bill removes caps on direct contributions to candidates from individuals and requires donations of more than $200 to be disclosed within 24 hours. Julie Bykowicz, WSJ, "Democrats Set to Push Election Overhaul, Without GOP Support," 3 Jan. 2019 Next, gently remove the rollers to reveal a bouncy set of curls. SELF, "7 Ways to Look Flawless While Transitioning to Natural Hair," 30 Dec. 2018 His brain was removed and preserved for possible study. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "The Complete History of the Autopsy," 26 Dec. 2018 In March, the former 2016 presidential candidate removed anti-discrimination language from HUD’s mission statement. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "HUD won one court battle, lost another under Ben Carson in 2018," 26 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Though Gabaldon wrote Claire as a character whose face betrays her every emotion, Balfe always played the part at a slight remove, with an aloof dignity betrayed only when Claire decides to speak her mind. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Caitriona Balfe Is Evolving with Outlander," 31 Dec. 2018 For as much as the series filters its point of view through the eyes of the girls, there’s another level of remove. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "HBO’s My Brilliant Friend adaptation is a knockout," 18 Nov. 2018 Having settled in, Graham has developed a new way of working at a remove from the traditional fashion system, which is currently in a state of turmoil. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Gary Graham Relaunches From a Room of His Own in Upstate New York," 24 Oct. 2018 These are the real, honest accounts—not a page from a textbook recalling events at a remove. Aaron Schnoor, WSJ, "The Great War Produced Some Great Poetry," 9 Nov. 2018 Setting something in a historical period allows for an emotional remove from fraught topics. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Return to an alternate history space race with two new Lady Astronaut novels," 18 Sep. 2018 All this is not to suggest that Frankel worked at some remove or saw the aid as a mere transaction. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "Bethenny Frankel Doesn't Need to Be Thanked. But She Wouldn't Mind a Little Gratitude From President Trump.," 14 Sep. 2018 His transformation of Tottenham is, when examined not in the heat of a moment and the bitterness of defeat but at one remove, one of the most remarkable achievements in recent English soccer history. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Pochettino Has Mastered the Process. A Prize, Any Prize, Still Eludes Him.," 21 Apr. 2018 Sweeney remembers walking outside, in the snow, hearing his own playing at a distant remove. Zach Baron, GQ, "Will Oldham, Matt Sweeney, and Rick Rubin Talk ‘Superwolf’ As the Cult Album Finally Hits Streaming Services," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of remove

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

1553, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for remove

Verb

Middle English remeven, removen, from Anglo-French remuver, removeir, from Latin removēre, from re- + movēre to move

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remove

verb

English Language Learners Definition of remove

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to move or take (something) away from a place

: to cause (something) to no longer exist

: to force (someone) to leave a job : to dismiss (someone) from a job

remove

noun

English Language Learners Definition of remove (Entry 2 of 2)

: a distance separating one person or thing from another

remove

verb
re·​move | \ ri-ˈmüv \
removed; removing

Kids Definition of remove

1 : to move by lifting or taking off or away Please remove your hat. I had my tonsils removed.
2 : to get rid of Bleach will remove the stain.
3 : to dismiss from a job or office

remove

verb
re·​move | \ ri-ˈmüv \
removed; removing

Legal Definition of remove

transitive verb

: to change the location, position, station, status, or residence of: as
a : to have (an action) transferred from one court to another and especially from a state court to a federal court — see also separable controversy

Note: Section 1441 et seq. of title 28 of the U.S. Code allows a defendant who is brought into a state court to remove the action to federal district court when diversity of citizenship exists, when the action involves a claim or right arising under the U.S. Constitution or under laws or treaties of the U.S., or when the defendant is a foreign country or its agency or instrumentality. Civil actions and criminal prosecutions brought against an officer or agency of the U.S. for any act under color of office may also be removed.

b : to dismiss from office an independent counsel…may be removed from office…only by the personal action of the Attorney GeneralU.S. Code
c : to take away should his incapacity be removed by a judgment of a courtLouisiana Civil Code

Other Words from remove

removability \ -​ˌmü-​və-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ noun
removable also removeable \ -​ˈmü-​və-​bəl \ adjective
removableness noun

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